Choosing the right college

by Emilie Nazario, senior, Morrisville High School

Senior year is a stressful time for some students. Many of them struggle deciding the next step toward their future. It is an important decision, which requires time to evaluate. Even though this decision can be difficult, there are steps to make the process easier.

The first step to finding the perfect college is discovering one’s passion. Whether it is becoming a doctor or the next prodigy, this is a major step. With this information a student can find colleges that have their specific major or curriculums to help them reach their goals.

The next step is to visit the colleges you have the most interest in. This will help narrow down the list of colleges to a few that are acceptable.

Next, students should apply to colleges. Once receiving acceptance letters, the tricky part begins.

Tuition is a major deciding factor when it comes to choosing a college. Every year college tuition increases, which makes it harder for families to afford. Therefore, students should consider colleges that offer good financial aid packages and scholarships. Also, students should ask their guidance counselors about additional scholarships that are available; this can make a major difference. Even though money is an important factor, it is honestly up to the student to make the decision of what they truly want.

The decision of choosing between good colleges is the most difficult. If one still has trouble deciding, they should look over the remaining colleges again and see what they have to offer. Students should visit again and see if they still prefer the living arrangements in one college as compared to the others, or if they prefer certain classes at one college, etc.

Overall, it’s all about the feeling one gets when they find the right school. For example, former MHS student Brenmarie Rentas said, “When I first visited Cairn University, I felt instantly like I belonged there.” This feeling of belonging and joy will help the students make their decision; one should trust their gut instinct.

Even though selecting a college is a tough decision, there are ways to make it easier. Every senior out there is currently struggling with this decision. However, once the decision is made, there’s nothing left to worry about. Senior year should be filled with fun and enjoyment.

Good luck to the class of 2014, and may their futures bring much success!

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Hoops fundraiser at MHS to help a family in need

by Matt Snider 

Sports can play a huge role in anyone’s life. For one family in the Morrisville School District, sports are giving them a chance to provide for one another during the holiday season.

The Holiday Hoops fundraiser on December 14th at Morrisville High School will see former players from Morrisville basketball teams square off against former players from Bristol and Truman High Schools. All the money raised from the games will go towards supporting a family during the holiday times.

Jonah Moore, a former player himself, began the alumni event three years ago to give former players a chance to get back on the court. “It was a first for Morrisville High School,” said Jonah. “We didn’t have any kind of alumni event or even class reunion so this was the first time anything like this had been done.”

The event, however, did much more than allow past class members to reconnect and former players to relive their glory days. All the proceeds that were raised during the first two alumni games were given back to Morrisville High School’s athletic department to help raise money for the necessary expenses that come with running a team.

“Initially I just wanted to give back,” said Jonah, whose first two alumni games raised over $1,500 combined. “It fills me with a great sense of pride to help out my school.”

This year, Jonah decided to broaden the horizons of the Morrisville alumni game and try to give back in an even bigger way by using some of the money raised to help out a family in need. “I just really wanted to give something back to the community too. Not to take anything away from the basketball team, but I just want to help put the holiday spirit into a family if I can.”

One lucky family will certainly be feeling the holiday spirit. With the money raised, Jonah will be purchasing gifts personally for one randomly selected family. The presents will then be presented confidentially through the school so that one family can breathe a little easier this holiday season.

Although the fundraiser’s intention is to benefit families in need of a little boost during the holiday season, that isn’t to say that the games will be any less fun or competitive.

“We have some great competition here at the games,” said Jonah. “You have Bristol who are our biggest rivals, and we have invited some of the best players from all the schools over the years.”

One invitee, Tyrone Lewis, set school records at Truman by becoming the first player ever to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, and 200 steals. He also added a school-record 290 three-pointers and 250 steals.

Jonah hopes that with the growth of the people attending, the ability to help others will continue to grow as well. “I hope that this can maybe one day turn into a regional event where we can get a bunch of schools from the area together to help our communities out. That’s my big picture for the event.”

Jonah’s actions to help the community haven’t gone unnoticed. Many local businesses have donated gift cards and raffle items for the upcoming event at no charge. Unlike other raffle events, attendees don’t need to purchase tickets for the raffle as simply attending the fundraiser gives someone a free entry.

There will even be an added incentive for children to come. “I’m even hoping to try and get a Santa to attend the tournament this year,” said Jonah. “It can be a mascot or something just for the kids.”

The Holiday Hoops fundraiser at Morrisville High School will begin at 6:00pm. 

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Morrisville alumni reunite in Williamson Park

On Saturday, October 5th, the Third Annual All Years Morrisville High School Reunion took place at Williamson Park in Morrisville.

The event organizers, Wanda Cummings Kartal (class of ‘82) and Suzanne Albanese Gavella (class of ‘79) work throughout the year starting with a zero budget, and pull in donations from local businesses, friends and alumni and secure food vendors who give back a certain portion of their net sales towards the fundraising.

The event is free and usually draws in graduates from the 1930’s through current day. All fundraising was done through the sale of Chinese auction tickets, 50/50 tickets, t-shirts, pound cake pre-orders, pizza slices and pint glass sales (all donated by MHS alumni or local businesses).

The All Years Reunion started three years ago when classmates started to reunite on Facebook and wanted to get together to reminisce. Suzanne and Wanda created the event and decided while they were together they should see what they could raise for their alma mater. The attendance has increased from 125 (first year) to over 320 this year, as well as money raised from $350 to over $2200 in 2013!

All money goes back to MHS to help maintain small programs and/or equipment. The next event is scheduled for October 4th, 2014 at Williamson Park, Morrisville from noon to dusk. Join their mailing list by contacting the committee at allyearsreunion@yahoo.com.

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B-ball clinic at MHS

Push The Rock and Resurrected Life Evangelistic Church are again partnering for two days of basketball instruction, competitions and games. These events are open to boys and girls ages 8-16 of all skill levels.

The clinics will be held at Morrisville High School, 550 W. Palmer Street, Morrisville, on Tuesday, August 6th and Thursday, August 8th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Cost is $10 (one time cost for all clinic dates) and a t-shirt is included with registration. Call 215-295-3086 for more details and a registration form.

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FCP awards college scholarship to Julissa Merius

Foundations Community Partnership has awarded a scholarship to Julissa Merius, a student at Morrisville High School, through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

The Foundations Partnership in Education program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Ronald Bernstein, Executive Director of FCP presented a check for $750 to Julissa, who will be attending the University of Southern California.

Many of the recipients of the Foundations Partnership in Education program are also being recognized as a part of their school’s commencement activities or other ceremonies to honor outstanding students. Proceeds of the Partnership in Education award may only be used for educational purposes, including payment of college tuition, books, and related expenses.

“We support students who are developing meaningful roles in the community and working toward positive change as they enter college,” says Bernstein. “Recipients of the Foundations scholarships have been active in community service and we encourage them to continue their good works.”

For more information on the Partnership in Education program please call FCP at 267-247-5584 or visit www.fcpartnership.org.

PHOTO CAP: Julissa Merius

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Scenes from the 2013 MHS Graduation

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Valedictorian Matthew Rosenwasser addressed the assembly.

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The view from Grandview – Looking back, looking forward

by Jessica Worrell, junior, Morrisville High School

Mrs. Assunta Deliman’s fourth period class of high school juniors at Morrisville High School had the privilege of being pen pals with Miss. Kathleen Deliman’s class of second graders from Grandview Elementary School. After choosing who their little pen pals would be, the two classes sent each other letters over a five month period. These letters had themes like spring, music, hobbies, etc.

The seven- and eight-year-olds shared favorite memories with their new, teenage friends, and eventually, a bond formed between them. Many lessons were learned through this correspondence.

For the juniors, it was being someone for the little kids to look up to and respect. It also taught them how to communicate with a younger generation.

The second graders, however, learned so much from the writing activity. Their writing prowess increased with every letter. The high school students evidenced their pen pals advancing from print to cursive writing, as well as seeing their sentence length being developed.

The pen pal experience was not just about learning, but also about having fun. Jokes were shared. Stickers and drawings adorned the letters. Writing to one another was a source of enjoyment for both groups. Everyone was excited to come into school and find that there was a letter waiting for them to be read.

All of the students were able to meet their pen pals during a high school trip to Grandview in early May. Together, older and younger pen pals iced a cupcake and listened to a variety of stories read by several of the high school students. It was the perfect pinnacle to a fun and unique, learning experience.

One of the juniors who participated in writing letters, Emilie Nazario, said, “I enjoyed writing to my young pen pal because it was cute when he spelled difficult words phonically. Plus, seeing the class’ excited faces when we went to visit them made everything worth it.”

Another junior, Niver Mitchell, stated, “I was impressed with Richard’s writing skills. It was a great experience.”

Winston Pena stated, “It was really exciting to see how Yariksa’s mood lightened up when she realized I was speaking to her in our own language. Knowing that there was someone who understood her language really impacted her. Me gusto mucho!

Poet and author Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Through this “Deliman” collaborative project, students experienced the truth of Ms. Angelou’s words.

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The view from Messiah College

by Jessica Martin, Messiah College/ Morrisville High School

You walk down the long pathway receiving smiles, hearing laughter, and seeing nothing but a couple of buildings all around. It is quite obvious that this is not high school anymore.

One thing is for sure though; this campus has something different about it, and it isn’t just the religious affiliation.

I knew that starting my freshman year at Messiah College, a Christian college in Harrisburg, would be filled with memories and experiences that lasted a lifetime. As we finished our welcome ceremony and my parents said their goodbyes, the nerves crept in.

I thought that being two hours away from little Morrisville would not be too overwhelming, but unfortunately, I was wrong. As I walked into Frey Hall on the first day of classes, I was nervous but determined to start this next chapter in my life that would ultimately prepare me for my bright future.

Currently I am striving to be the best that I can be. Not only am I a full-time student, but I also work on campus 10 hours a week in the local cafeteria. This job may not have the luxuries that all students hope for, but it has taught me that hard work pays off.

Also, I have taken on a tutoring job on Mondays and Tuesdays, in which I tutor a fifth grader and two second graders in order to get experience in teaching and relating to students.

It is mind-blowing to think that almost a year ago, I was getting ready to graduate from Morrisville High School. Looking back on my high school experience, I know that Morrisville helped shaped me into the type of person and student that I am today. If it were not for the teachers who challenged me, I probably would be struggling a whole lot in my first year of college.

Mrs. Assunta Deliman, an English teacher at MHS, helped me to become the writer that I am today. I know that my college professor was impressed with how well I could write. Not only does Mrs. Deliman teach, but she truly cares about every student that steps into her room.

Mrs. Deliman taught me how to write, but she also was one of the first teachers to fully believe in me and the goals that I had set for my future. Without being in her class, I don’t think I would have the skills and the determination that I have brought with me to Messiah.

Mrs. Gloria Bramble was another teacher at Morrisville that had a huge impact on preparing me for college. She was not only my Humanities teacher, but she was a mentor to me, as well.

Learning about Plato and Aristotle prepared me for what I had to learn in my first semester philosophy class. She also taught us how to prepare for the real world and helped me to learn the type of person I truly wanted to be in life.

Mr. Dennis Rodgers also helped me to grow as a student while at Morrisville. I am now a college Mathematics major and without the guidance and knowledge that I received from his Calculus class, I don’t think I would be able to continue through my math courses.

All in all, I would not give up my education at MHS for anything. I am proud to be an alumni of the school.

I know that if the teachers continue to care for the students that they teach, there will be many more successful alumni to come.

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MHS recognized in national education survey, wins Bronze Medal

Morrisville High School has been recognized in a national education survey for reaching its educational goals and demonstrating improvement on test scores, according to a report by U.S. News and World Report and the American Institutes for Research.

Nearly 22,000 public schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia were ranked in the annual survey.

The national rankings are based on math, reading proficiency and other academic benchmarks.

The Bronze Medal was welcome news for the school district. School Superintendent Bill Ferrara immediately credited Morrisville’s students and teachers for the high ranking the small school district achieved in the latest round of reporting by the national magazine.

He noted the award was attributed to the district’s success in achieving its stated educational goals and improving test scores.

Morrisville is one of two Bucks County schools awarded the Bronze Medal.

“Because Morrisville showed such improvement – more than 20 percent – this is why we qualified. I’m extremely proud of the students and dedication of our teachers,” the superintendent said. “It was a great job!”

U.S. News and World Reports has a three-step process for the rankings, based on student performance on math and reading tests, the percentage of economically disadvantaged students and if these students are performing better than average compared to similar students in the state and also college preparedness.

This year’s rankings were based on data from the 2010-2011 school year.              

 

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The view from Cairn University

by Cassidy Shemelia, Morrisville High School/Cairn University

Just a semester ago, the word “college” could be described as a terrifying new location with new faces and more homework than is humanly impossible to handle. It is, in fact, just that.

Leaving Morrisville High School to become a student at Cairn University, a biblical university in Langhrone, was more terrifying than anything I have yet to encounter. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but high school prepared me in more ways than one.

MHS taught me that taking an active role within the student body and community is as important as the courses I am taking. It afforded me the opportunity to be involved in many school and community areas during my four years spent there.

The lessons I learned varied from teamwork, to event planning in Student Senate, to reaching the community through the 21st Century Tutor & Community Service Programs. I have learned to stay connected and be involved.

I moved into Cairn University early in August, and I became a member of the Cross Country team. This was overwhelming to me with the load of 17 credits on my schedule. While already experiencing the never-ending schedule at MHS, I was prepared for this.

I had the opportunity to apply for a position on the Chi Beta Sigma cabinet. Chi Beta Sigma is a group dedicated to planning beneficial events on campus. We recently planned relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

I was scared to see how challenging the academics were going to be in college. I have written more papers in one semester than I have a whole year in high school; it’s never-ending.

I have to thank a few of my high school teachers for their efforts in preparing me for college: Mrs. Deliman for preparing me with the ability and skills to write a research paper; Mr. Teefy for teaching me great study skills; Mrs. Hasness for helping me understand mathematical concepts; and Mr. Martino, who taught me to defend my faith within Chemistry and Biology classes.

All my high school classes in one way or another prepared me for what was a successful first semester in college.

College life is great! It’s challenging, but fun! The Cairn community is wonderful!

When finals week came, also known as “hell week,” not to be cliché, but as Zach Efron, the main actor in “High School Musical,” says, “we were all in it together.” With no electricity to write papers, 300 students in dorm room Heritage Hall gathered together and created fun races around the lounges, board games, and musical concerts.

As the first semester came to an end, I can definitely say that my time in Morrisville High School benefited me in many ways. My first semester courses were difficult, but Morrisville taught me to never give up. It was a place that gave me opportunity and taught me how to succeed.

It is up to the individual to make the decision to strive for their goals. I have never disregarded my passion for people and the world. I will become a social worker. I will work in Africa, and I will do what it takes to make these things come true.

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

PHOTO CAP: Cassidy Shemelia

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